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Fortnum & Mason
Fortnum & Mason

Fortnum & Mason

Free admission
181 Piccadilly, St. James's, London, England, W1A 1ER

The Basics

This bustling department store is the epitome of a high-end London shopping experience. On the roof, look for the mechanical statues of Fortnum & Mason clocks whirring into action as the hour strikes. Inside you can find housewares, perfume, jewelry, and accessories, all with an English flair. The store also features a wine bar, an ice cream parlor, restaurants, and Diamond Jubilee Tea Salon, famous for its high tea service.

London shopping and food tours often include a visit to Fortnum's, and hop-on hop-off bus tours also stop nearby.

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Things to Know Before You Go

  • This is a must-do London experience for people interested in shopping or people-watching.

  • Make reservations for afternoon tea at Fortnum and Mason’s Diamond Jubilee Tea Salon to avoid long queues, particularly on weekends.

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How to Get There

Fortnum & Mason is located on Piccadilly Street in the St. James District of downtown London, England. It’s about a 15-minute walk north of Buckingham Palace. You can get there by taking the tube to Green Park or Piccadilly Circus. Parking at the store is limited.

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When to Get There

Fortnum's is open daily with shorter hours on Sundays. Visit on a weekday morning to avoid the largest crowds, and stop by during the holiday season to check out the popular Christmas window displays.

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About the Famous Hampers

Fortnum & Mason is known for its hampers—wicker baskets used to carry everything from picnic items to gourmet Christmas treats. The store offers a wide array of hampers, priced from modest to mind-blowing. These are filled with desserts, tea, coffee, and more. The most expensive version has made headlines for being filled with a magnum of expensive Champagne and caviar.

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